Mark Lynas's "Six Degrees" is a modern classic, outlining potential effects of various levels of global warming. It's summarized, evaluated, and updated here, with links to 7 supplementary Hubs.
Nina is a former librarian who adores books and is searching for a way to unite readers with their perfect book. So she leaves the big city for a small town in Scotland, with a van of books to sell.
Country Lovers (1975) is a story of forbidden love between a black woman—Thebedi and Paulus, the son of her white masters. It was a story of a love that bore out of childhood romance that blossomed to adulthood until the harmless flirtation lead to sexual curiosity.This essay uses a historical approach in criticizing and analyzing the theme of the story.
Are YOU a Highly Sensitive Person? Have you ever been called "too sensitive" or been told to "lighten up?" You might want to read Dr. Elaine Aron's book on the topic-- it could change your life!
Fenrir, Loki's son, is prophesied to cause great harm to Asgard, and grows dangerously fast. This story is considered to be one of the important, if somewhat minor, tales in Norse Mythology.
Explores and analyzes how Laura Wingfield's nature is reflected in objects that are as unique as she is.
In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Satan is a major figure of the narrative. The poem’s intense focus on his temperament presents a psychological profile of someone with a conflictive personality. Among his fellow fallen angels, he is a...
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist is a story that sees Sherlock Holmes investigate what appears to be a case of stalking by an unknown cyclist, but develops into a case of abduction.
This article is part of the Creative Writing 101 series. The article explains what Literary Devices are and their importance.
The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon, 1898 King Arthur is perhaps the most well-known subject in Anglophone literature. Not many other legends that originated over a millennium ago are still told as frequently and with such gusto today. But, what...
William March's final novel, The Bad Seed, is rich in psychological suspense but relies heavily on flipping the roles of male and female archetypal characters that stem from Freudian concepts.
Though readers all over the world have enjoyed Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, many have not had the privilege of being exposed to her lesser-known novel, The Professor, which is deeply revealing in its depths of moral cause and effect, strife and...
What is Literary Nationalism? It is the voice of history through language. It is a movement in history stirred by literature. Walt Whitman and Washington Irvin were important contributors to the formation of American literature through the very use of language.
Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi" has become a spiritual classic, studied in universities as well as by spiritual seekers worldwide.
This article looks at books that have been written by prisoners who are either still incarcerated or have been previously. The ones in this list are my favorites
In this excerpt from This Sex, Irigaray draws on the work of Karl Marx and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss to explain the commodification of women in “our” society. Irigaray begins with the statement that “The society we know, our own...
In this analysis of Plato's Euthyphro, I analyze Socrates' conversation with Euthyphro and their discussion about the form and intrinsic quality of piety.
Learn Joanna Gaines' secrets to overcoming hard life lessons in this encouraging story about Magnolia, filled with the wisdom and humor of Chip and Joanna Gaines.
Tadeusz Borowski demonstrates, from his experience in Auschwitz-Birkenau, how words and actions contribute in reducing humans to objects of scorn and apathy.
Much speculation has arisen over the mystery surrounding Heathcliff's parentage. Did Emily Bronte provide important clues?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman immerses us into the psyche of a young wife and mother who is powerless in her peril in which no one understands. The Yellow Wallpaper is a first person view of what insanity and disconnection can look like. From...
William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” was written as a fictional play, but the characters and situations of the play offer keen observations of 16th century life. Desire is an emotion experienced by all people. Shakespeare presents the desires of the multiple characters in “Twelfth Night” to emphasize the societal limitations of the characters according to gender, social class, and birthright.
The Adventure of the Yellow Face is a case for Sherlock Holmes in short story form. The story is memorable as it displays the fallibility of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation.
Could Alice Walker be using Dee as a way to look back at her own transformation and education? Summary and analysis of "Everyday Use."
Joshua Cabucos' essay argues for the transformative and morally enlightening elements of Craig Silvey's award-winning novel. Great term paper example.
Summary of and commentary on The Pelican by Edith Wharton, a short story from the collection The Greater Inclination.
Someone recommends a book which you grab off Amazon and kick back with expectations of your socks being knocked off. Somehow your socks stay on and the book gathers dust. What is great literature?
The case of the Red Headed League is the second short story to feature Sherlock Holmes. In this case Holmes investigates when Jebez Wilson loses his part-time job.
Although Jay Gatsby is most commonly associated with nostalgia, all the major male characters in The Great Gatsby demonstrate longing for the past. Each indulges in nostalgia at some level and each is driven at least partly by futile longing for the past. Fitzgerald uses the obsession with the past which these men share to represent the nostalgic culture of America during the 1920s.
Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.
Review and Summary of Paul Cohen's book, "History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth."
Horace Walpole introduced the world to Gothic fiction, employing elements of the supernatural as well as the everyday, the first time for the purpose of terrifying its audience.
This article discusses and reviews several books on the topic of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - a disorder that does not get nearly enough attention.
Between the French Revolution and the Inquisition, there was an adverse attitude toward religious figures of Catholicism in English literature in the late 18th century.
Did you ever think Shakespeare used the 7 deadly sins as a basis for his plays? He could have. This article gives in depth analysis of the way he portrayed these sins without saying them directly.
A literary review and summary of Jim Morrison's Returning to Earth, an American realist novel with a focus on the question of life and death.
Well here's another analysis for you. Apologies for not writing any new content, I'm going through midterms. So, once spring break starts, I'll be able to write something new for you guys! Anyway, here's a look into the fascinating writings of...
This is a comparative analysis of The Odyssey and the film O Brother, Where Art thou? This includes an analysis of how the context influenced the gender portrayal in both texts.
Hamlet; The Prince of Denmark is a play consumed with images and symbols of death and over the course of the play Hamlet considers death from many perspectives pondering the spiritual and physical aspects.
These women longed to be with their secret lovers but to divorce their husband would be shameful so murder was the only way.
Review and summary of Campbell Craig and Sergey Radchenko's book, "The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War"
Colonial literature, written in simple and expressive style, presents history of colonial times, rules to live by according to pilgrim and Puritan ideals, and the punishment that goes along with violating those ideals. As people immigrated to America from England, they brought their religious ideals with them. These strong religious beliefs are evident in the writings of colonial American literature. Religion affected all aspects of life, and literature serves to provide evidence of the bond
A reflection on the role of marriage in society during the 1800s as seen in the book Pride and Prejudice
The epic poem Beowulf demonstrates in many ways what the ideal traits of a man should be: through Beowulf himself, through his allies, and through his enemies.
The positive attitude and emotional awareness of the Japanese seem even more conducive to their health and longevity than their healthy diets, life outdoors and green tea.
The book "Animal Farm" is a timeless work of literature written by George Orwell. I wish to share some personal thoughts on the book and how it connects with our society.
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. Read the Original Text and the Summary of the FIFTH SOLILOQUY of Hamlet, here.
Honor and chivalry, principle and kingship, servitude and courage: These are the foundations of the knights depicted throughout medieval literature. The essential difference among the knights however, is often spread throughout the medieval works as...
A comparison between Shakespeare's sonnet 130, "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" and Lord Byron's sonnet "She walks in beauty, like the night" and their theme of courtly love.
Sigmund Freud divided the human psyche into three parts: the id, the ego, and the super ego. If one were to view each division of the Freudian psyche, in correlation with each of the monsters in the poem, they might notice the id represented by Grendel, the ego, represented by Grendel’s mother and lastly, the super ego, represented by the dragon.
Unlike the Shakespearean speaker who is obsessed with his own talent and writing ability, the Spenserian speaker is obsessed with his sorrow over the loss of a beloved.
This article is an analysis of the symbolism, the setting and the portrayal of folk hedonism found within The Picture of Dorian Gray
Examines and explains the ubi sunt form of poetic verse in Old English poetry using the Lament of the Last Survivor from Beowulf and The Wanderer. Analyzes the form and function of this verse form, as well as its historic implications.
Subversive literature is a rather tricky subject, and virtually always controversial. In this article, I will inform you of what makes a work subversive, and why it shouldn't always be met with such rage.
Adult ignorance of a child's literal mind often causes children to lose self-esteem. Adults become entangled in their metaphors and do not realize that those metaphors need to be interpreted.
The 17th century marked a shift from an age of faith to an age of reason. Literature represents the turbulence in society, religion, and the monarchy of this period. Life for the English people changed as religious controversy and civil war shook the nation. These issues reformulated the role of individuals in society, perspectives of faith, and social structures in England. Writers of this period offer their own philosophies as proof of the issues and influenced the masses. Specific examples of
The question never ceases to fascinate mankind. No matter how many answers are formulated, the meaning of life maintains a state of permanent elusiveness. Perhaps the quandary is mysterious because its answer is different for everyone. ...
A literary analysis of the notion of lovers in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House."
Milton's 'Paradise Lost' is one of the greatest creations of writing.The invocation comprising the first twenty six lines of Book one is of excellent making as the Poet invokes God to illuminate him.
Review and summary of historian Nancy MacLean's book, "Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Workplace"
King Hrothgar foresees Beowulf`s death. Beowulf and Hrothgar are very much alike, but Hrothgar's speech in the Hall of Heorot warns him of his excessive pride, or hubris, something Hrothgar recognizes as Beowulf`s fatal flaw.
In this essay, I analyze the cause of William S. Burroughs' heroin addiction and how his shadow self is revealed through his novel "Junky".
From the very beginnings of human history, women have been systematically and spiritually oppressed by male-domination. Strindberg demonstrates that total oppression, at its worst, can be deadly.
A discussion of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The question of who is at fault for the tragedy is one that is often debated. In this article, and argument is made that it is Gertrude's fault.
Huckleberry Finn has numerous distinct dialects throughout. Were they just added for style, or is there a deeper meaning behind them? Huckleberry Finn is a literary masterpiece.
An overview of the important themes about science and religion that are explored in the novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Analysis of the Old English poem "The Dream of the Rood," which examines the pre-Christian German Heroic elements present in the poem, as well as providing a speculative hypothesis as to the intended purpose or message of the poem.
Pasternak follows his characters through their experiences during the Russian Revolutions, World War I, and the Russian Civil War.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band is a Sherlock Holmes short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Speckled Band tells of murder most foul, undertaken by an evil villain.
An analysis of various characters from Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer with an emphasis on Andy Harris. Analysis of Responsibility in Into Thin Air with video and maps of Mt. Everest.
The brides and grooms of these books failed to understand "until death we do part" isn't a licence to kill your spouse when your done with married life.
If you are looking for a way to increase positive results in all areas of your life, this miracle morning routine could be just what you need. Try it out and be amazed by the results!
Celtic mythology is rich with symbolism of life, death and rebirth, replete with the magic of nature and the ancient world. This article outlines some of the most famous stories from Celtic mythology, in Celtic Ireland and Britain.
Jack Kerouac challenged the commonly held view of time post WWII through the character of Dean Moriarty, who escaped the constraints of capitalism by living within the moment...
Susan Cain's book "Quiet" provides an interesting perspective on the unique strengths of introverts and explains why the world needs to embrace both extroverts and introverts.
Walsh by Sharon Pollock is a contemporary Canadian play. It focuses on the real-life conflict between General Walsh and Chief Sitting Bull in Alberta.
Shylock has been considered one of Shakespeare's most memorable villains; however, the real evil is in his portrayal. Whether it was intentional or not, antisemitism is not easy to miss in this play.
Many fairy tales share basic elements with classical myths. Beauty and Beast can be interpreted as Cupid and Psyche retold, but it shares basic elements with many other myths too.
How could a reclusive person like Emily Bronte have created the complicated novel Wuthering Heights, a tale of twisted personal dynamics, passionate romance, and dysfunctional relationships.
Hamlet's tragedy stems from a number of origins. The obvious one is the death of his father. Hamlet is a tragic figure from the moment the audience encounters him, dressed in 'solemn black'. The second cause of Hamlet's tragedy is his mother's behaviour. Instead of sharing her son's grief, and supporting him through it, she has remarried with indecent haste.
An Analysis of Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper that can be used to better understand the underlying themes in the book.
A Deconstructive Reading of Shelley's Frankenstein- how traditional deconstructive lines of opposition are challenged in Shelley's novel
Only the very brave or the spirits of the ones very much in love, like Catherine and Heathcliff, who know every inch of the land that offers so many surprises, dare traverse these moorlands when the sun sets.
This is an essay I wrote for my Development of Europe course I took last year. It is an interpretation of Heda Kovaly's "Under a Cruel Star." An autobiography of one woman's ordeal Nazi Czechoslovakia.
Mark Twain's "The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper" satirically portrays the failure of the American dream. His short story is a window into post-Industrial Revolution American culture, seen through the eyes of a "good little boy" who becomes a martyr to the Puritan work ethic.
Society has a great influence on people and their way of life, and can either liberate or oppress them, depending on the accepted standards of the time. Societies which believe in total male superiority cause women to be oppressed and unsatisfied with their lives. The wives in Trifles and A Raisin in the Sun are alienated from their husbands as a result of societal beliefs which dictate complete female submission, male dominance in marriage, and the need for material goods to ensure a happy marr
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The case deals with the missing bride of Lord St Simon, one of England's most prominent nobles.
Are you ready to step up your game, but feel like you've been spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere? These five books are must reads! Delve in and don't be surprised when results show up fast!
The works of modern and post-modern authors, such as Alice Munro and Anne Carson, may share common themes with Victorian and Romantic authors, such as Emily Bronte and Mary Wollstonecraft, but the language of the pieces are quite different. As time passes literature reflects this phenomenon in many ways. Themes and characters shift to reflect the period. Attitudes and literary devices provide perspective on writer’s emotional state often as a result of outside influences. Format may move from
The Strangest Secret is revealed in the pages of this easy to read and highly beneficial small book of hope. Linda Compton explains how she made the journey from bitterness to joy and how we can too.
Looking at the possible influence of an Irish vampire legend on the creation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Jon Ronson's book "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" is a deep look into the long term impact for the victims of online shaming and tries to see its impact on broader society.
This is possibly Tom Stoppard's best known play. It offers an amusing and thought-provoking twist on Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Thiong’o shows how the colonist in the mid 20th century employed the tools of education and religion in an attempt to control the Kenyan people through the hegemony of the British way of life.
An academic analysis of Richard Loncraine's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Richard III." Ideal for students.
The solo Elf in the Fellowship of the Ring is an unusual chap, but not for the reasons you might think. Learn the fascinating story of Legolas of Mirkwood, hidden in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
A look at two of fiction's greatest wizards. Gandalf and Saruman were central characters to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings saga.
Bernard Shaw should be a required reading in any British Literature course. He was an interesting individual with messages that are still pertinent today. Shaw was obsessed with the inequalities of society which led to his interest in socialism,...
It is human nature to not only function on, but also to thrive off of the approval of others. So often our population plans their whole lives around what others have planned out for them to do. Functioning in this way is neither right nor wrong, but...
John Ronald Reuel (J.R. R.) Tolkien was an Oxford professor, poet, and author. He is best known for writing “The Hobbit” and the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”
Review and summary of Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker's book, "14-18: Understanding the Great War."
Foth portrays a world in which people have friends but not conversation; share information but not themselves; compete for attention with phone calls and texts. Time for real human relationships.
There has been a long-standing debate over the true definition of tragedy in dramatic literature. Read this discussion of Aristotle's definition weighed against three tragedies written in different centuries.
In this essay, I analyze how WWI influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald's and Ernest Hemingway's novels "The Great Gatsby" and "The Sun Also Rises".
As is the case with most self-expression, F. Scott Fitzgerald used his writing in an attempt to make sense of the world and to share that understanding with his audience. However, most of the conclusions that Fitzgerald reached dismiss meaning...
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches is a Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story deals with a client taking up a new job at a house called the Copper Beeches.
James Joyce changed the face of modern fiction with his stream of consciousness writing style but did you know he was directly influenced by a little known French writer, Edouard Dujardin?
An analysis of Flannery O'Connor's novel "The Violent Bear It Away" and the symbolism found throughout the darkly comedic tale.
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekykll and Mr. Hyde" presents the theme of divided self while offering insight into Victorian England. Jekyll’s personal battle with his inner demons creates a literal division of self that would have been empathized by society of the period. There were many contributing factors to this division of society and personality. The rise of the Industrial age provided both economic wealth and poverty. The battle between the social classes
The English actress known for "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" wrote a classic 1971 children's novel in the vein of "The Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and "Anne of Green Gables"
"The total effect of a novel depends not only on its innate impact, but upon the experience, literary and otherwise, with which it was approached." Flannery O'Connor, Total Effect and the Eighth Grade As one of the most overlooked and...
A look at the famous war book Going After Cacciato by Tim Obrien. It is a book about heroism, confusion of war, and what happens to people in war situations. It is a gripping story of what happens to our heroes.
Analysis of Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House" and how it displays 3 viewpoints of marriage; fantasy, security, and a model of a true marriage.
"Jet Age" documents the exciting high-stakes race to build the first commercial trans-Atlantic jet liner. A review with videos.
Kate Atkinson, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Carol Goodman deliver modern literary mysteries guaranteed to add spookiness, dread, and thrills to your reading experience.
Eliot’s themes of The Waste Land, the loss of innocence and a cynical questioning, can be seen in the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Ginsberg.
The Adventure of the Crooked Man is a short Sherlock Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Crooked Man, Holmes departs from Baker St to Aldershot taking Watson along.
Richard Rodriguez shares his educational experience in the book Hunger of Memory. He shares his personal struggles and successes.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the most significant contribution to the literary world made by Robert Luis Stevenson. But, was it also a allegorical of his orientation?
Those who are not able to express themselves any other way have used symbolism in literature throughout time as a way of voicing hidden meanings and undeveloped feelings. It is used to compel a reader to think beyond the boundaries of normal thought...
Classic English literature provides readers a look into the past. Middle English life was difficult unless born to nobility. The feudal system kept noble families in power whereas the lower class people worked to support the wealthy. Middle English literature offers creative representations of the feudal system and the lives of Middle English people. Although the formats and characters may vary, the recurring themes of love, violence, travel, and power resound in each example.
The novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is an epic page turner, but also the subject of much controversy. Is author Roberts a "lying junkie," or is this really his story?
Can Christians believe in Evolution? What are the different Christian beliefs about creation? Resources to help you decide what to believe.
Fitzgerald wrote many short stories before publishing his finest novel, The Great Gatsby. Out of his collections of short stories, “The Rich Boy” (1926) is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best pieces. Today the tale might be called a short...
The Adventure of Black Peter is a Sherlock Holmes case that sees the detective investigate the murder of the former sea captain, a murder committed with the unusual weapon of a harpoon.
Several authors have written prequels, sequels, and creative retellings of the classic novel Jane Eyre. If you love the original novel, these books may offer a new spin or perspective on your favorite characters.
The Winter of Our Discontent, by John Steinbeck, explores key components of American folklore. Are we godlike beings, or angry, feces-throwing monkeys? Mel considers.
The poetry of the early modern period into the age of enlightenment forged the way for romantic literature. William Shakespeare’s sonnets of the 17th century as well as William Blake’s and William Wordsworth’s poetry of 18th century follow the romantic formula of expressing emotion through the delightful language, rhythm, and meter of the written word. An emotional tie that these three writers of romanticism have is the idea of memories, and the wistful, happy, and sometimes sorrowful connecti
Heathcliff may be painted as a black villain but Bronte, through genius storytelling, shows up the real villains in a Gothic tale teaming with thoughtless and cruel characters.
The Adventure of the Naval Treaty is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Watson brings a case to Holmes for a friend's reputation is being tarnished by the theft of a treaty.
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler is an intriguing story taking place in post-apocalyptic Union Grove, New York. A variety of colorful characters ebb and flow within this rather complex story, which oftentimes dabbles into theological...
Review and summary of historian Orlando Figes' book, "The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia"
According to the Shakespeare character, Jaques, in the play, As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, a man's lifetime undergoes seven distinct ages.
My husband is a comic book illustrator and over the years he has introduced me to his world. With his help, I've put together a list of comic series and graphic novels that are great for new readers.
Does the play Antony and Cleopatra have a subtext that undermines James’s regime, offering a warning about the iniquity of state absolutism? If so, Shakespeare was treading dangerous ground.
Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman, was really a low man. He led a very sad life, accoplished little, but had big dreams. Here is an analysis of the man behind the story.
A crusading counsellor, a brave barrister, a slick solicitor, a daring detective, a lithe lawyer and a courageous crusader. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I give you, without further ado, Perry Mason, Attorney at Law.
Review and summary of David Bell's book, "The First Total War: Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It."
William Faulkner’s short story, “Golden Land,” is about a man who has become successful in Hollywood at the expense of morality. The main character, Ira, is an alcoholic that moved from Nebraska to Los Angeles. Like Faulkner, Ira is disgusted by the Los Angeles lifestyle and consumerism, yet has become a product of this culture.
The famous Philippine fable, Ibong Adarna in English and Filipino / Tagalog versions are here. If you're looking for the summary and the characters, I've included them, too. I love this mythical story! Cheers for fairytale lovers!
In all, it’s a magnificent piece, one that, while short, conveys some very important solutions for social problems that even members of modern society have difficulty dealing with. Cahan skillfully communicates the need to act, to “strike while the iron is hot,” and not to wait while it cools for fear that sparks may fly into our faces or that the steel may crack.
Some books have incredible appeal and others don't. After reading a dozen novels by Lee Child with Jack Reacher as the main character, I've discovered some clues to explain the phenomenon.
Ok, the wet shirt scene made women swoon, but that's not the only reason. What makes this man the heartthrob of millions of women and the grudging hero of the many men whose significant other made them watch or read it? Could it be that the...
"The name is Bill Burroughs. I am a writer. Let me tell you a few things about my job, what an assignment is like." William S. Burrough from The Adding Machine.
The Adventure of the Gloria Scott is a short Sherlock Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the Adventure of the Gloria Scott, Holmes tells Watson of an early case when Holmes was at university
Lady Brett Ashley, the main female character in The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is often accused of being a bitch. Upon closer reading though, one can argue against these accusations. She is a mixed up, lost, lonely woman caught in a downward spiral towards destruction.
What to read in Florence? There are many novels set here, and more than a few films. Here a few works to take the reader into Medieval and Renaissance Florence, with further suggestions.
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb is a short Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective dealing with a client who has had his thumb cut off during a strange evening adventure.
A quick look at the famous dystopic novel "Fahrenheit 451," and how it relates to our modern society.
Metafiction is a narrative technique in which the author self-consciously calls attention to the work as a fiction through various devices. Article includes explanation of metafiction techniques, well-known works, and annotated bibliography for further reading.
The Adventure of the Resident Patient is a Sherlock Holmes story that sees the detective deal with an extremely nervous patient; a patient who it turns out doesn't want Holmes' help.
Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, embodies emotion unfettered by moral or intellectual constraints. Shylocks' speech at the beginning of act four, scene one distances him from the rest of society and perpetuates his ostracism as his actions validate Antonio's attacks upon his character and depict him as a creature without morals but only emotion, and as an entity of pure evil when, despite the fact he realizes his own flaws in logic and all appeal to his compassion and mercy, he
There are more villains than Heathcliff in a tale that uncovers the vagaries of human nature and reveals telling truths.
Jack Kerouac is known as the King of the Beats. A poet, novelist and all round inspiration for questing individuals, learn how his iconic book On The Road came to be.
Henry was indeed a cosmopolitan; the James family travelled across Europe during 1855 and 1860. Henry’s brother William James is considered to be one of the greatest psychologists of all time.
Romanticism was the era that depicted expression from a deep sense of thought, as with spirituality. Being more enriched with deeper thought with individual quests for truths and a richer meaning of existence, or at least with the sincere attempt to define it, seemed to be the main drive of the canonical minds.
"Everyday Use" is a short story written by Alice Walker and is a story about heritage and the deep south. This essay is my response to reading the short story and what it meant to me.
By utilizing the epistolary technique with Celie and Shug's female characters in The Color Purple, Walker is able to illustrate the African American lesbian experience in an oppressive society, explore abuses to African American women, explore varying perspectives of lesbianism, and illustrate the perseverance of the African American feminine nature within Showalter's gynocentric Y zone of experience.
This is a book review of Arthur Koestler's historical fiction work, Darkness At Noon. The novel focuses on main character Rubashov, as he goes from right hand man to Joseph Stalin, to prison within his own communist government.
Behind the guise of vampirism, Bram Stoker addresses sexuality through the lens of Victorian attitudes and morals.
An analysis of Willa Cather's My Antonia and why she first published it under a man's name. This article explores sexuality, particularly Cather's and the male perpective.
Overview and explanation of some specific features of Old English literature that are not generally found in later works.
This is a dark and thrilling novel set in the Gothic heart of Barcelona, Spain. The story has many elements: it's part mystery, part tragedy, and part love letter to great literature.
A thesis paper discussing the character of Mr. Martin in James Thuber's short story, "The Catbird Seat." The hub contains an outline as well as the paper.
In this episode of the curious origins of nursery rhymes we tackle the loveable but doomed egg that is Humpty Dumpty. Just what does it really mean?
Honour is a pervasive theme in the tragedy Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The obvious contrast between the characters Hamlet and Laertes is well established in much scholarly work on the play. Hamlet is uncertain and slow to action, while Laertes is...
Harry must learn about defense against the dark arts on his own and teach his friends in order to stop Voldemort from acquiring a dangerous object hidden at the Ministry of Magic.
Revisions to classic fairy tales often hide a rich past of instructive, though morbid, lessons taught through the prominent use of cannibalism.
Discusses the element of estates satire in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Provides information and examples for each of the three estates.
Do you love the romance novels of Nora Roberts? Check out these books by similar authors--you may find a new author to love!
Review and summary of Salim Yaqub's book, "Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East"
Embedded right in the center of the new collection of stories edited by Nick Hornby, Speaking with the Angel, is a story by Hornby himself. “NippleJesus” is the title of the work which is narrated by Dave, a bouncer and art museum security...